Surface Go Hands on: Meet the $399 iPad Killer

Microsoft opens flagship Surface store in Taipei

The new 10-inch Surface Go, which ships August 2 in the USA and two dozen other markets, is the least costly among the five Surface devices that Microsoft makes.

The pre-orders of Surface Go will begin on July 10 and it will start shipping from the next month. Microsoft will sell a standard black Type Cover for $99, but heavy typists who desire so-called "laptop-class typing" will want Microsoft's top of the line Signature Type Cover ($129). The tablet features a 10-inch display and weighs in at just 1.2 pounds (0.54KG).

Microsoft on Tuesday talked up the "built-in kickstand with full friction hinge that extends to 165 degrees helps you stay in your flow from tablet to studio mode".

Ports include USB Type-C, a headphone jack and Microsoft's Surface Connect port for plugging in a docking station.

At first glance, the tweet might not seem like anything new, especially if we weren't expecting a hardware announcement around the corner. That person claims that the new Surface will have a 10-inch display (which explains the need for a new Type Cover, as existing ones wouldn't fit it) outputting at 1800 x 1200 resolution. The company has adopted the same design of the premium Surface Pro tablets.

It's also touted as running on a Pentium Gold processor at its top end and support for Windows 10 Pro.

Overall, the Microsoft Surface Go is a nice little device which should prove adequate for daily usage. Surface Go comes with 64GB eMMC and 128GB or 256GB SSD storage options. The company says the Go has up to nine hours of battery life as a result.

Judging by price and size, it's clear that the new Surface Go is a direct competitor to the 9.7-inch 6th generation Apple iPad that retails for slightly less than Microsoft's tablet. When faced with this question, most people will have to make the choice between the new Surface Go and the other big name in tablets: the Apple iPad.

As we previously reported, the base $400 system will likely be equipped with the Pentium Silver N5000 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Additionally, the selected variants also support 4G LTE for on the go connectivity.

In stores, the laptop will come with Windows 10 Home in S Mode, which limits users to programs in the Microsoft Store.

Microsoft also promised an LTE-enabled version later in 2018. Yeah, it should work well on a table or desk, but this is a portable machine - you don't always have a flat surface when on the go.

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